A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and other drivers’ safety on the road. Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your car by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a hydraulic brake system leading to each of the vehicle’s wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the car to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat can wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the details comprising each brake system may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.
Bad brakes display warning signs for impending brake maintenance. For example, if your brakes squeal or grind when in use, your brake pads may be worn and require replacements. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, then this may point to worn brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or low brake fluid in the brake lines. If your brake pedal presses down too easily—also known as “spongy” brakes—then this may be an indication of too much air in the hydraulic brake lines. Your vehicle’s electronic diagnostic system will sometimes alert you to a potential brake issue by a service indicator light on the dashboard. While these are only some of the most common signs of potential problems with your vehicle’s brake system, noticing these signs of faulty brakes and seeking out a brake service can save you money down the line. Our staff is trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms of bad brakes, like unusual squealing or grinding noises, then contact us online or call us today to have your brakes inspected immediately.